For What It's Worth

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Real life gets in the way...

Real life got in the way this week. I was sick, my very good friend had to put her dog to sleep. Her sheltie has been coming over here to play with my guys since they were puppies so it was like losing one of my own. And Fonzi decided to eat a bouquet of flowers which sent us to the ER to induce vomiting – he’s still a little queasy but I caught him in the act and got him to the vet in time!

So my planned reviews and Friday Fast 5 aren’t happening this week but I wanted to mention a few great books I read (I’m still planning on reviewing them!) and a cover reveal.

Read and LOVED!

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Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios ~ Goodreads Gut wrenching and brutally honest portrayal of an abusive relationship. A MUST READ.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenizie Lee ~ Goodreads Vice! Virtue! Romance! Adventure! This book was a lot of fun and touches on a lot of topics, such as racism, sexism, homosexuality during the 18th century, in a really great way.

Cover reveal:

I beta read an early version of this and loved it. It’s wild, unconventional and I totally fell in love with a ship. A SHIP. lol Nadim – a sentient ship that hosts a revolving team of humans to explore the universe – was a fascinating character!

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Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre ~ Goodreads

Zara Cole has been in and out of New Detroit’s rehab facilities for treatment of her antisocial disorder. There’s no adjusting Zara’s attitude, though. A painful past has made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in the Zone instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan–a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned to along with fellow Honor Beatriz, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time, along with a devotion she’s never experienced before. Yet nothing—not her Honors training or her street smarts—could have prepared her for the dark, dangerous truths that lurk behind the glitter of starlight.


Honor Among Thieves is the first book in a daring new sci-fi series by bestselling authors Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre.

You can check out an excerpt here

So that’s it….hopefully I can pull things together enough to resume blogging next week!
And this is why you shouldn’t be a panster blogger kids lol One thing goes wrong and you’ve got nothing. Ha!

Public service message from Fonzi:  don't eat flowers or you'll get sick, the parent's will panic and they'll bring you to the vet to make you vomit. *sad puppy face*



51 comments:

  1. You might have managed to get me interested in a book, so your week can be accounted as a success! ;D
    I get a vague TARDIS-vibe from the sentient ship - plus I loved the excerpt, and there's no romance in sight, at least for now (though I know the authors usually include plenty of it in their books). Of course, this is a trilogy, which can go so well or so bad, if you know what I mean. But I'm tentatively including HAT in my TBR list. At least it's sci-fi! It's all about fantasy/retellings nowadays, and I'm not a fan of those.
    (P.S.: you fell in love with a ship? That made me smile because...you're "shipping" a ship+girl relationship? LOL).

    I hope you that have recovered nicely, and that crazyhead Fonzi has learned his lesson! Poor thing, but poor you too. Always panicking about your furry babies.

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    1. Whoever said pets lower blood pressure hasn't met mine lol

      Well, I read an earlier version so it may have changed a bit since then, but there isn't much romance in this one. And it's with a ship so it's different but both authors are pretty good at writing romance that still leaves all parties pretty independent & individual from the romance.

      I'm taking shipping to it's limits! lol Shipping the ship. But I loved the ships - I know it sounds weird but they are so complex and fascinating!

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    2. Are we going to read the same book again? After Jeri's? I can't even ;D.

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  2. Poor Fonzi :/ I think Luci learned his lesson after he ate a plant and puked all over the house

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    1. I would have let him just ride it out but the Lilies can be toxic and I didn't want to wait until everyone is closed up for the day just in case it was bad.

      Hes MUCH better today.

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  3. I am so sorry about your friends dog. bad Romance has a beautiful cover and I am going to check that one out. Have a great rest of the week!

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  4. Oh man hope you feel better and Fonzi too. Sorry about your friend's dog too. Bad Romance is one I definitely want to read. I think she is an awesome author and this sounds so good.

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    1. I've loved her other books but this tops even those. IMO anyway.

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    2. And Fonzi is MUCH better today!

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  5. Sorry to hear about your friend's and your loss. It's tough losing a fur baby. I know I've panicked over my babies a time or two. So I would have been right there with you rushing my dog to the vet if he got into something. Life happens though, don't worry about it. I try to schedule out posts a week or two out but even then life can sometimes creep up on you and throw you off course. :)

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    1. It's sad. She was besties with one of my dogs that I lost last Ocotber to the same thing (kidney disease).

      We caught Fonzi in time so while he wasn't thrilled to be forced to vomit lol that was the worst of it and he's fine today.

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  6. So sorry to hear about your friend's pup, and yours. That just sucks all the way around. I didn't realize dogs could get so sick from eating flowers, did I read that right? The books you listed sound awesome. Bad Romance has got my interest peaked, even though the title is a song. I usually hate that. I hope the rest of your week is better!

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    1. The song does factor a bit into the book but it's a really fitting title.

      Yes, some flowers can be toxic to pets. In this case it was Lily's. They are highly toxic to cats but some varieties are to dogs as well and I wasn't sure what kind they were. At the very least they can cause really bad GI upset. He's doing great today though.

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  7. Aw man, poor puppy! I'm glad it turned out okay in the end. And I've heard good stuff both about Bad Romance and The Gentleman's Guide!

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  8. So sorry to hear about all that's happened this week.

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    1. Yeah - it was a sucky week but onward and upward! Or something lol

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  9. Aw, poor Fonzi. I'm glad he's doing better. I'm sorry to hear about your friend's dog though. That's got to be awful! I hope you're feeling better!

    A Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue is one I've wanted to read for SUCH a long time. I need it!

    -Lauren

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  10. Oh no!! Poor Fonzi. :( That silly dog... remind me never to let a bouquet of flowers anywhere near my dog. Glad that things are okay now though, even if he's still getting over the whole ordeal! Seems like lots has been going on in your life, I really appreciate you visiting my blog and commenting though! :)

    Both of those books, Bad Romance and Gentleman's, are on my wishlist. They're both hot titles at the moment, I keep seeing them EVERYWHERE!!! Glad that you also loved them! :) Hope your next week is better!

    Cass @ Words on Paper

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    1. I think they're both worth the hype. Two very different tones though. Bad Romance is very dark (but hopeful) and Gentleman's is action packed fun.

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  11. Wow, that picture of that sheltie reminds me of one of our old pets."Bad Romance," What a title! Abusive relationships...hmm I wonder what's in store with that one.

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    1. It's such a good book about falling into an abusive relationship then finding the strength to crawl back out of it Brutally honest.

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  12. OH! What a rough week. I hope everyone is feeling better now.

    Have you ever watched the TV show FARSCAPE? It was on sci-fy network back in the early 2000s. They had a sentient ship. It's a great show (may even be on Netflix now).

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    1. I have not. I know what it is though.

      Fonzi is completely back to normal. Yay!

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  13. Oh no sorry to hear about Fonzi- hope all is well. And sorry to hear about your friend's loss also. So tough.

    I love the sound of Honor Among Thieves. I'll be gettign that one...

    Hang in there Fonzi!! :)

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    1. It was pretty cool and different. I'm looking forward to reading it again with the changes.

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  14. Poor doggy, I didn't know flowers could make them sick

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    1. Certain kinds can. Usually it's just an upset tummy but these were potentially toxic.

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  15. I've heard so many great things about The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I'm definitely going to have to add that one to my TBR list. Sorry to hear that your dog got sick. Glad you were able to get him there and well again so fast. That's scary! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  16. Aww, poor Fonzi. Ours munched ALL of our potted plants and he's totally fine. He's stomach easily gets upset but it's still a mystery to me that he was ok when he ate our plants lol. Good thing I don't receive any bouquet of flowers or he might eat it too. But I'm delighted to know that your little Fonzi is fine now :)

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    1. Fonzi ate Lilies and certain varieties can be toxic to dogs so I just went ahead and induced vomiting just in case.
      He never eats ANYTHING so it was weird lol

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  17. Oh, I'm so sorry, hon. I hope you're getting better now. So sorry about your friend's dog. It's devastating to lose your beloved best friend (animals that you love). I hope you and your friend are ok. So sorry about Fonzi, too. Glad that he's fine. Ahh I can feel how your week must have been. I hope your weekend is great, my friend. Hugs for you.

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    1. Everything seems to be back on track. Fonzi is better. My friends are going on a mini vaca to regroup.

      Back to normal next week!

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  18. I'm so sorry to hear all that bad news. Glad your furbaby is alright.

    I'm a total pantser blogger too. LOL Hope you have a better week.~Aleen

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  19. Oh no on the pup. That's heartbreaking. And naughty on your pup for the flowers. We had to do that once with a bottle of the cat's pills that the puppy ate. He did not make that mistake twice. lol

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    1. Yikes. he never eats anything he shouldn't!! Like - you could leave a plate of steak in front of him and he won't touch it so I have no idea what happened there lol

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  20. So sorry to hear about your friends dog. It's always sad when a pet has to be put down, even when it's not yours. And sorry to hear your poor dog ate something he shouldn't and had an emergency trip to the vets but hopefully he'll learn from this mistake (maybe). I hope you're feeling better too.

    You successfully have three books in this post I really want to read. I already had Bad Romance and Vice and Virtue on my TBR but Honor Among Thieves sounds brilliant, if only it was out sooner!

    Nothing wrong with flying by the seat of your pants. I just reduce down the number of weekly blog posts when things go wrong as all my blog posts are sorted at the weekend for the following week. Or... mostly finished anyway.

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    1. Yeah, it was sad. She was here playing with my guys so often she was like one of mine. I actually knew her when she was a puppy before they even got her.

      I hope you enjoy all three of those books! I loved them!

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  21. So sorry about your crappy week. Sending positive thoughts and hope things turn around soon!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. Everything is much better except for my intermittent use of internet lol

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  22. I've been wondering about Bad Romance. I loved the author's first book. Maybe I need to just pull the trigger and buy it. :)

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    1. I read and loved I'll Meet You There. The writing was just as good in this one and it's a really powerful story.

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  23. Poor pupper. Both your friends and Fonzi. So glad he's okay. There must have been a few nasties in the bouquet to make him so ill. Honor Among Theives sounds so good! I've enjoyed Ann Aguirre in the part but Rachael Caine not so much. Really looking forward to it's release. Hope you're starting to feel better Karen and that Fonzi is on the mend. Much love to you both <3

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    1. It was the Lilies. Some varieties are toxic and I wasn't' sure what kind they were.

      I haven't read Caine before but I beta read for Ann. I thought the flow was very good in this book. I couldn't tell which author wrote what chapter. I think that's a good thing lol

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  24. I'm sorry to hear about your friend's dog, Karen - and Fonzi! I'm glad he's okay now though.

    I absolutely loved The Gentleman's Guide...! So glad that you liked it as well. Monty and Percy...swoon. Apparently there's going to be a book about Felicity's adventures, too! I'm very intrigued by Bad Romance, everyone seems to be giving it rave reviews so far. And falling in love with a ship? Nice. Count me in for Honor Among Thieves! :D

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    1. Yes! Her book is next! I'm so excited. She was awesome.

      Bad Romance was so powerful

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  25. Your life sounds familiar. ((HUGS)) and huge condolences to your friend. Similar experiences without the flowers and vomiting. :) I think Fonzi should just learn to smell them and not eat them. *gives flower free pup cookie to Fonzi*

    I have to say that I'm curious about Bad Romance. Darn it, now I have that song in my head.

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